Liverpool held an official press conference today to introduce their two new signings to the public as Liverpool players. Ex-Manchester City defender Kolo Toure and former Sunderland shot stopper Simon Mignolet were presented to the media at Melwood.
But today the focus shifted, almost inevitably, to want-away striker Luis Suarez. Even when the story isn’t about the Uruguayan, it’s still about the Uruguayan.
Toure told the media presence: “”If he stays here, he can have more chances to win trophies. This club is definitely prepared – the organisation, the mentality of players and staff. This is a top, professional club. It is amazing. He is a great player, a fantastic player. But it is up to the club to decide what they think will be best for everybody.
“It’s an honour to play for Liverpool. I have only been here for two weeks but I’ve seen a lot of good things. This is a winning club and I want to be part of history here.”
Toure joined the Anfield club on a free transfet from City and manager Brendan Rodgers hopes he can pick up in terms of defensive solidity where retired defender Jamie Carragher left off.
With regards to Suarez though, Rodgers is firm on the clubs position, saying: “‘It’s quite simple, the club is in complete control of the situation.
“For me there is no real change in it. He’s away with the Uruguay squad at the moment and we’re messaging and what not. I will always listen to players. I always work closely with players and listen to their point of view but the biggest word is with the club.”
Suarez, who was this week the subject of a surprise bid by Arsenal said on his future: “One has to value that despite everything that’s happened one is still in the market… that clubs still value players for what they can do on the field. That makes me think that I can come back and do things well over there.
“They (the press) have given it to me in England but, like we say, I’ve given them stuff to eat because if I hadn’t done anything then probably they wouldn’t have been as bad. But football is like that and you have to be accustomed to all that and it’s good that the English clubs still want me.”
Real Madrid, however, remain favourites to sign the adroit forward. Whether he will heed Toure’s words of advice though, remains to be seen.